The educational arena has been using WordPress in growing numbers every year and even as I entertain one-off projects from time to time I have come to realize that many of the requests are from educational organizations.
They see the power of WordPress and the opportunity to have high-impact, low-cost solutions which is a good thing since that saves more money for the educators and students that they are trying to serve.
Two recent articles and features of note have passed through my reader and I thought it would be neat to draw some attention to them:
The new design is more modern, and is fully responsive to meet the needs of mobile audiences. Their story page is driven increasingly by search and social with a sticky bar for social sharing and sidebar content informed by analytics, and it includes the ability to filter stories by categories like “popular” or “editor’s pick.”
You only need try it to get a good feel for what they accomplished!
It’s neat that significant universities of note are moving to WordPress which means that tons of other organizations are going to be taking notes and moving to WordPress as a result! This is a worthwhile domino effect.
The second is via Patrick Johanneson who shared the challenges and solutions that they discovered to move Brandon University from an IIS/ASP system to WordPress:
Here are the slides:
Love this breakdown!
Education is an obvious industry that needs WordPress love – let’s do everything we can to promote it there!